Monday, December 31, 2012

Looking forward to FEBRUARY!!!!!

Since we're all looking to a brand new year ahead, and I'm a learning junkie, I wanted to tell you about something I'm participating in! It's LAYOUT A DAY, a month-long class with Lain Ehmann, coming in February.

"LOAD 213" and is Lain's most popular class and opens for general registration today!!!! I never miss a LOAD and it is always a wonderful, fun experience for me as a scrapbooker/memory-keeper.

Want to learn more about it? Alrighty then!

Well-- what is LOAD 213?  
It's a month-long scrapbooking challenge is Lain's most popular class. The fun begins February 1. 

What does it include? 
LOAD 213 includes 28 daily videos, 28 daily prompts, and 28 sample layouts.

Is there a theme for LOAD 213
Yes, there sure is! This year, the theme  is "28 days to a more joyful and creative life!"  

Can I get a discount? 
That's a very important question and "YES" is the answer!! Lain has  created a special discount for people who sign up thru links like the one right HERE on my Blog. If you use code FUN at checkout you can get $10 off, just because! But-- this discount expires Monday, 1/7, at midnight. 

How do I sign up?
Go HERE! Remember to use the discount code FUN at checkout to get $10 off!
That's it, easy-peasy. 

Have a wonderful day!!! Happy New Year!


Some new layouts...

Like everyone else, we've been busy over the holidays but I snuck some scrappy-time in there as well. :)Teehee!

In many cases, there were things "hangin' around" on my scrap desk and in my scrap-room that were begging to be placed safely on layouts. 

This layout is a perfect example. Bryan, in Grade 4, made a "locker badge"  as a sort of name tag for his locker. Each of the kids in his class did this and they took the badges home at the end of the school year. 

Ahem... well, Bryan is now 17 and in GRADE ELEVEN, (yes-- you read that correctly) & I am FINALLY getting his Grade 4 locker badge scrapped so it can be saved for posterity! 

There is also a note that he wrote to his teacher, Mrs. Annette Archibald, at the end of the year. :)  

"Locker Badge"
I used some wild zigzag paper to denote the energy of his creation. I think it it turned out kinda cute. See the animals, and Aurora aircraft, plus the heart and  trees on his Locker Badge??

His note to the teacher reads:

Dear Mrs. Archibald,
I will miss you over the summer.
You are the best teacher I have ever had.
~ Bryan MacDonald

Patterned papers and cardstock: all CTMH
Yellow lettering: Glitz Teeny Alpha- yellow block
White title lettering: Forever in Time

Here's another layout that got some things OFF my scrap desk and safely into an album!

Journaling reads:

Back when I was on the Design Team at Scrapbooker’s Club House, I did a tutorial about creating kitchen magnets from recycled and upcycled materials. I displayed these magnets on our fridge for a few years and once the kids got older, I “retired” them. I cannot bring myself to throw out photos of people I love, so the magnets will stay here on a scrapbook page for posterity. J  Oakley was Kate’s pony at the time and she had a magnet too! J
-Journaling Dec 26, 2012

Tutorial basics for SBCH

Gather your supplies. You will need the items listed in the supply post on the SBCH Forum.
Measure your chosen cardstock so that it will cover the magnet.
Adhere the cardstock to the magnet with gluestick.
Decide on the size of photo you’ll be applying to your magnet. This will depend on the size of the magnet and the photo you’re using. Crop the photo to the desired size. Do not adhere it yet.
If desired, ink the edges of your cardstock-covered magnet.
If desired, mat your photo with cardstock and ink the edges of the photo mat. Adhere the photo to the magnet. Use gluestick or any adhesive you prefer. Place the photo anywhere you want it on the CS covered magnet.
If using pp, adhere to the desired area of magnet.
Mat the letter (“initial”) as desired. I triple matted and inked mine. Position the matted initial on the magnet, and adhere.
Embellish the magnet with the ribbon, adhered with ribbon glue.
Display and enjoy in office, kitchen or scraproom!


Patterned paper and cardstock: all CTMH
Lettering: Forever in Time
Magnets: ALL created from scraps, odds 'n ends!

Here are some riding photos from Fall 2012 that I was thrilled to place on a page. As you know I absolutely LOVE to scrapbook riding pictures! Since Kate has been away at college, I have had fewer of these types of photos to scrapbook. :( I miss that! 

That said, Daniel, age 12, likes to ride and takes weekly lessons from our coach, Alissa Cue, at Rohan Wood Stables. 

I always say that Daniel is a "fair-weather rider," because he prefers to ride when it is not COLD. The poor kid really hates the cold and so stops his lessons once winter sets in. I don't blame him!   Peter took these photos of Daniel on Bolt at one of his last lessons in the fall. They're gorgeous. Makes my job as a scrapper easier! You can tell how much fun Daniel was having riding on that day. :)  

"Riding Bolt"
Patterned papers: Dakota Collection-  CTMH
Cardstock: Pacifica- CTMH
Ink: Outdoor Denim- CTMH
"BOLT" lettering: Urban felt alphabet- CTMH
"Riding" lettering: Multicrafts Imports
Circle punch: Fiskars
"B" Bottle cap: found item (LOL)
Brown block: Blitz Teeny Alpha
Brass button upper left: my stash
Journaling pen: CM (fine tip)
Micro-tip scissors: CTMH
Other: Copper wire


 Journaling reads: 

There is value in discipline and riding requires it... plus strength, dedication and a love of horses.
~Daniel riding Bolt, October 2012

Patterned papers: Dakota Collection-  CTMH
Cardstock: Barn Red- CTMH
Ink: Barn Red and Chocolate- CTMH
"Strength" lettering: Cork alphabet inked in Barn Red- CTMH
Journaling pen: CM (fine tip)
Corner rounder: CM

Thanks for popping by, everyone! I have another layout almost done and will add it soon, promise! Maybe that means I will post it later today! Hopefully.

Happy New Year to you all, and Happy Birthday to my best friend and husband of 20 years, Pete. xoxo


Sugar Cookie recipe

 My Sugar Cookies... I know I promised you the recipe!!

 Here it is!!

 Sugar Cookies  

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

1 cup margarine
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp Cream of Tartar
1 tsp baking soda
dash of salt (= about 1/4 tsp)
1 tsp vanilla

"Pam" or grease a cookie sheet.

Mix all ingredients using your mixer.

Roll into 1” balls, roll balls in a little white sugar. 

Place on cookie sheet.

Press down gently with a fork or the bottom of a glass.

Bake 10- 11 min, just watch carefully-- 'til SLIGHTLY golden- my ovens have varied over the years so not sure of exact time. Right now it is 10 minutes- in my current oven! LOL

Enjoy! These are delicious and light tasting and freeze like a DREAM. 

My kids love them!!!! xoxox

Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog

I am "joining in" at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog this coming year! (See their blinkie is over in my sidebar!?) :)  I am so excited!

One of my friends, Lynnette Nagle, is on the newly announced DT there, and I am  pretty excited to play along.

Have heard a LOT about this concept and cannot wait to 'Shop my Stash' and create kits to work with.

Gotta love it!

See you there? Sure hope so!